'''Richard Baxter''' (12 November 1615 – 8 December 1691) was an English Puritan
church leader, poet
theologian, and Polemic|controversialist
. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley|Dean Stanley
called him "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen". After some false starts, he made his reputation by his ministry at Kidderminster
, and at around the same time began a long and prolific career as theological writer. After the Restoration he refused preferment, while retaining a separatist|non-separatist Presbyterian
approach, and became one of the most influential leaders of the Nonconformists
, spending time in prison.